Definitive list of Saltwater Fishing Rigs

Fishing

Here is a definitive list of Saltwater Rigs for all you fishing fans out there!

Bomber Rig
General Purpose Distance Rig Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
4 x 5mm Beads
2 x Snood Swivel
2 x Crimps
2 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire or Powergum stops can be substituted
1 x Lead Link with Breakaway Imp
Approx 1 to 1.2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 800 to 1000 mm length 20 – 30lb BS snood
1 x 300 to 450 mm length 20 – 30lb BS snood
2 x 1 to 2/0 hook
2 x Sequins
Length of Powergum
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link with the Imp (any other bait clip capable of holding two hooks may be used) and thread on the following components in this order;
Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp
2. Repeat for the second snood swivel assembly.
3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.
4. Tie the hook to one end of the longest snood length and thread on the sequin bait stop.
5. Tie this snood to the upper swivel and add the Powergum stop knot. A length of silicon tubing can be pushed over the swivel eye to help prevent tangles.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for the shorter, lower snood.

7. Tension the trace and locate the shorter snood into the bait clip. Using the lower adjustable crimp tension the snood up the trace body and crimp in place. Locate the lower fixed crimp and fix in place.
8. Repeat step 7 for the upper snood.

Conger Running Leger
Heavy Duty Rig for Conger
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Zip slider or other weight carrier 1 x 8 mm Bead
1 x Link Swivel
Approx 4 metre length 60-80lb BS shock leader; depends upon the length of rod
Snood
1 x Heavy duty swivel
1 x 500mm to 1 metre length 150-200lb BS snood
1 x 6/0 to 10/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Thread the zip slider onto the shock leader followed by the bead then tie on the link swivel.
2. Tie the hook to one end of the snood and swivel to the other. If preferred these can be crimped in place.
3. Attach the snood to the link swivel.

Deep Spinning Plastics
Spinning Rig for Storm Sandeels, Plastic Worms etc Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Swivel
1 x Bead
4 – 6 metre length 20 – 40lb BS leader (will depend on length of rod for casting)
Snood
900 – 1800 mm length 15lb BS clear nylon
1 x hook to suit lure size
The Rig Body
1. Thread the lead onto the leader after tying to main line. A drilled bullet or barrel lead can be used. 2. Thread on the stop bead then tie on the swivel.
3. Tie the snood length to the swivel.
4. Tie the hook to the snood; attach your favoured lure by threading onto the hook.
5. Self weighted shads can also be used and these may be heavy enough to omit the weight.

Dvice Rig Single Hook Paternoster
Heavy Duty Rig for Cod, Smoothies and Spurs Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
2 x 3mm Beads
1 x Snood Swivel
2 x Crimp
1 x Lead Link
1 x Dvice
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 700mm length 40-50lb BS snood
1 x 2/0 to 4/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link and thread on the rest of the components in this order;
Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp
2. Tie on the oval split ring.
3. Fasten the crimps to the line, the height will depend on how you want the bait to lie in relation to the seabed.
4. Tie the hook to the snood and then to the swivel; the snood length must allow the hook to hang at least 100mm below the Dvice to ensure that the bait is not ejected before impact with the sea.
8. If fishing with a large bait then you may want to replace the single hook with a Pennel Rig.

Feathers / Hokeyes
Suitable for cod, pollack, wrasse, coalfish and mackerel.
Although most people simply use the shop bought traces it is possible to build or adapt your own which are safer for casting.
These can be fished on their own or baited. See here for how to chop and rebuild a shop bought hockeye – Hack a Hokeye
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring or swivel
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 50-80lb BS main line The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link.
2. Tie on the oval split ring.
3. Tie three suitably spaced blood loops and cut the loops. Commercial traces tend to use water knots which is why the lures hang differently depending upon which end the lead is attached. The water knot allows you to use a lighter breaking strain for the snood.
4. Tie the hokeyes to the snoods

Feathers / Sabikis
Suitable for all baitfish and round fish of most species
Most anglers use shop bought versions of these lures which are fine for boat fishing but unsafe for distance casting. While most sabikis are whipped onto spade-end hooks several of the Shamrock Tackle range have eyed hooks which make it easy to prepare your own versions.
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring or swivel
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 50-80lb BS main line The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link.
2. Tie on the oval split ring.
3. Tie three suitably spaced blood loops and cut the loops. Commercial traces tend to use water knots which is why the lures hang differently depending upon which end the lead is attached. The water knot allows you to use a lighter breaking strain for the snood.
4. Tie the sabikis to the snoods.
Pennel Rig
A two hook snood used to present a large bait and has the advantage of having a hook at the top and bottom of the bait.
The bottom hook is normally larger than the top one but both should be strong hooks to cope with large fish. The top hook should have a turned up eye to aid presentation, ie Mustad or Varivas
The simplest version is has a moveable top hook and is simply held in place by winding the snood round the shank of the hook after threading through the eye.
The second type is also moveable and the upper hook is held in place by the use of a length of silicon tubing which is slipped over the eye and shank after the hook is threaded on the line.
The final method is a fixed method and uses a snell knot to hold the hook in place. It limits the size of the bait to that initially set up but has the advantage of restricting the upper hook from sliding down to the bottom hook if a large fish takes the head of the bait.

Rotten Bottom
The basic rotten bottom on the left is simple to produce and only requires the
minimum of materials. Form a loop in the bottom of the trace and tie on the weak link length of line.
Tie the other end of the weak link to the eye of the weight.
Cut a small square of closed cell foam or a square of plastic from a milk carton approximately 15 x 15 mm. Push a 25mm panel pin through the centre of the plastic or foam.
To assemble the rig push the trace line loop through the eye of the weight and slip the panel pin through the loop. Tension the line using the trace and the panel pin will be retained between the loop and the eye of the weight only releasing in the water.
Just as easy to produce the clip rotten bottom requires either a shop bought clip or a homemade one.
Tie the clip to the end of the trace then tie the weak link length to the clip. The weight is then tied to the other end of the weak link.
Prior to casting the lead is simply hooked onto the clip.
You need to ensure that the eye on the weight is large enough to allow the clip to release freely. If the eye is small attach a lead link then use a second clip on this and link the two clips together before casting.
Caution: Neither of these rigs is suitable for power casting.

Running Leger
Close Range Leger Rig Rig Components – Main Body
1 x Link Swivel
1 x Swivel
1 x Bead
6 metre length 60-80lb BS leader (will depend on length of rod for casting)
Snood
1200 – 1800 mm length 20lb BS clear nylon
2 x Hooks to suit target species
Beads for attractors if required
The Rig Body
1. Thread the link swivel onto the leader after tying to main line.
2. Thread on the stop bead then tie on the swivel.
3. Tie the snood length to the swivel.
4. Form a blood loop approximately 1/3rd of the way up from the end of the trace snood and cut one side of the loop to form a dropper.
5. Tie the hooks to the cut loop and the spare end of the snood adding beads if required.
Simple Blood Loop Paternoster
Multi-purpose Rig with Minimum Components Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring or swivel
1 x Lead Link
Optional length of silicon or electrical cable shield.
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
2 x 450mm length 20-30lb BS snood
2 x 1 to 2/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link.
2. Tie on the oval split ring.
3. Tie two suitably spaced blood loops.
4. Tie the hook to the snood and at the other end form a Perfection Loop.
5. Join the snood loops to the blood loops by passing the snood through both loops.
6. To improve the standoff effect of the loops the tubing can be slipped over the loops prior to adding the snoods.
7. Additional hooks can be added simply by increasing the number of loops.
8. A single hook version coupled with a Rotten Bottom clip makes and excellent rough ground wrasse rig.

Single Hook Clipped Down Paternoster
Heavy Duty Rig for Cod, Smoothies and Spurs Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
3 x 3mm Beads
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x Crimp
1 x Beakaway Adjustable Crimp (allows the snood to be re-tensioned should the hook need to be replaced)
1 x Impact Shield; this can be replaced by your favourite bait clip or lead incorporating a clip. 1 x Lead Link
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 700mm length 40-50lb BS snood 1 x sequin for bait stop
1 length of Powergum
1 x 2/0 to 4/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link and thread on the rest of the components in this order;
Impact Shield / Bead / Crimp / Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead
2. Tie on the oval split ring, ensuring the line is approx 800mm long.
3. Fix the crimp above the bead and impact shield allowing for movement of the shield.
4. Tie the hook to the snood, thread on the sequin and tie the snood onto the swivel. Tie a Powergum stop knot above the sequin. This prevents the bait being blown up the snood when casting.
5. Locate the hook in the impact shield holding the sinker down firmly and tension the trace body from the oval split ring, position the adjustable crimp against the bead at the swivel up the main line until the snood line is tight and fix the crimp in place. The adjustable crimp can be fixed using pliers but it’s recommended that the Breakaway crimping tool be used.

6. The adjustable crimp can be replaced by another type of adjustable stop such a telephone wire crimp or Powergum stop knot.
7. The rig can be converted to a Rotten Bottom rig by adding a rotten bottom clip.
8. If fishing with a large bait then you may want to replace the single hook with a Pennel Rig.

Spinning Rigs
Basic Lure Spinning Rig
Attach a swivel to one end of the trace line and your choice of lure to the other. Plastics Spinning Rig
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Swivel
1 x Bead
1 x Drilled Bullet
4 – 6 metre length 20 – 40lb BS leader (will depend on length of rod for casting) Snood
900 – 1800 mm length 15lb BS clear nylon
1 x hook to suit lure size
The Rig Body
1. Thread the drilled bullet onto the leader after tying to main line.
2. Thread on the stop bead then tie on the swivel.
3. Tie the snood length to the swivel.
4. Tie the hook to the snood attach your favoured lure by threading onto the hook.
Power Gum Stop Knot
1. Lay a length of Power Gum alongside the main line and form a loop.
2. Wrap one end of the Power Gum through the loop and over the main line four or five times. Moisten the Power Gum and pull on the two free ends and nestle the knot down with your fingers.
3. Trim the ends of the Power Gum leaving around 25 mm (1 inch) so that the knot flows through the rod rings.
Note: If adjusting the position of the knot ensure that you moisten it first to prevent line burn.

Surface Float
Suitable for mullet, garfish and mackerel
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Surface controller float; size depends upon the weight being supported including the bait A sbirolino float can be substituted for better casting.
Optional split shot
1 x small swivel
1 x 600 to 1500mm 5 – 12lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon, length depends on depth to be fished
1 x 10 to 1 hook; size of hook will depend upon target species and bait size
The Rig Body
1. Tie the hook to one end of the nylon or fluorocarbon line.
2. Tie on a swivel to the other end.
3. Thread the mainline through the top of the controller float or through the sbirolino (tubing faces the rod) and tie to swivel.
4. Fix the shot if required between the float and the hook.

Three Hook Flapper
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Medium Swivel 6 x 3mm Beads
3 x Snood Swivel
6 x Crimp
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snoods
3 x 450mm approx lengths 10-20lb BS snood
3 x 6 to 1/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link and thread on the rest of the components in this order;
Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp
Repeat for the other two snood swivels.
2. Tie on the swivel or oval split ring to the top of the trace body.
3. Fasten the crimps to the line, the distance apart should ensure that the snoods will not tangle when casting or fishing.
4. Tie the hooks to the snoods and then to the swivels; the snood lengths should be around 300mm with a 1 metre trace body. If you need to fish with longer snoods then it will be necessary to either lengthen the trace body, which may restrict casting or reduce the number of snoods to two.
5. Beads and / or sequins can be added to the snoods as attractors before adding the hooks; buoyant beads can be effective on the upper snoods.
6. The breaking strain of the snoods and size of the hooks will depend upon the target species.
Waggler Float
Short to medium distance rig
Fixed Depth Waggler Float; Ideal for Mullet
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Waggler float; size depends upon the weight being supported including the bait
AAA split shot; amount of shot will depend upon the size of the float
SSG split shot
1 x small swivel
1 x 600 to 1500mm 5 – 12lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon, length depends on depth to be fished
1 x 10 to 1 hook; size of hook will depend upon target species and bait size
The Rig Body
1. Tie the hook to one end of the nylon or fluorocarbon line.
2. Thread line through the eye at the base of the float.
2. Tie on a swivel.
3. Place the bulk of the shot either side of the float to trap it in place. This will cock the float quickly for bite indication.
4. Place the remainder of the shot between the float and the hook.
Ada’s Plaice Rig – with thanks to the late Adrian Farley
For plaice etc at range Rig Components – Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
1 x Small Oval Split Ring
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x Small Swivel or Swivel Bead (the swivel bead can prevent wear and tear on the snood)
1 x Cascade Swivel
1 x Crimp
1 x 3mm Bead
1 x Beakaway Adjustable Crimp (allows the snood to be re-tensioned should the hook need to be replaced)
1 x Impact Shield; this can be replaced by your favourite bait clip or lead incorporating a clip. 1 x Lead Link
1 length of Powergum
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 500mm length 20-30lb BS snood
1 x 500mm length 15-20lb BS hook snood
2 x Sequins for bait stops
Beads and / or sequins for attractors
1 length of Powergum
2 x 1 to 2 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link and thread on the rest of the components in this order; Impact Shield / Bead / Crimp / Cascade Swivel
2. Tie on the larger oval split ring, ensuring the line is approx 800mm long.

3. Fix the crimp above the bead and impact shield allowing for movement of the shield.
4. Tie the heavier snood line to the cascade swivel on the trace body then tie the other smaller swivel or swivel bead to the other end.
5. Tie the one of the hooks to the snood length, thread on a sequin and tie a Powergum stop knot above.
6. Thread the snood through the small swivel or swivel bead.
7. Thread a sequin onto the spare end, tie the second hook on and tie a Powergum stop knot above the sequin. The stopped sequins above the hooks will prevent the baits being blown up the snood when casting.
8. If you wish to use sequins and / or beads as attractors thread those on the line before and after step 6.
9. Locate the hooks in the impact shield or bait clip holding the sinker down firmly and tension the trace body from the oval split ring, position the cascade swivel up the main line until the snood line is tight and measure the distance.
10. Tie the small oval split ring to the Powergum and fix the small spilt ring to the larger one. Using the previous measurement tie the snood swivel to the power gum ensuring that the distance is approximately 25mm less than the distance between the tensioned cascade swivel and the oval split ring at the top of the trace.
11. When fishing the stretched power gum will keep the snood under tension until impact with the sea and on release the snood will be free to slide down the trace.
Bristle Boom Rig
Short to medium distance rig
Also useful for scratching from the boat either uptiding or casting about with rolling lead.
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Medium Swivel
3 x Bristle Booms
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snoods
3 x 450mm approx lengths 10-20lb BS snood
3 x 6 to 1/0 hooks
Bristle Booms
Prepare the booms by dabbing the end on a hot surface such as a soldering iron. This will form a blob which will be used to secure the boom to the trace line and hold the snood.
You can find suitable nylon bristles from street sweeping brushes or alternatively they can be ordered over the net from Holland and Belgium including UK Hooks.
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel or oval split ring to the top of the trace body and lead link to the bottom.
2. Tie a four or five turn blood loop towards the top of the trace body but instead of threading the loop through the knot body insert one of the bristle booms as shown.
Moisten the knot and pull it tight round the boom.

3. Repeat for the bottom and mid-trace booms.
4. Tie the snoods to the free end of the boom using a whip knot as shown; the snood lengths should be around 300mm with a 1 metre trace body.
If you need to fish with longer snoods then it will be necessary to either lengthen the trace body, which may restrict casting or reduce the number of snoods to two.
5. Beads and / or sequins can be added to the snoods as attractors before adding the hooks; buoyant beads can be effective on the upper snoods.
6. The breaking strain of the snoods and size of the hooks will depend upon the target species.

Cascade Rig
General Purpose Distance Rig Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
1 x SRT Spring
5 x 3mm Beads
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x Cascade Swivel
2 x Crimps
2 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire or Powergum stops can be substituted
1 x Lead Link with Breakaway Imp
Approx 1 to 1.2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
2 x 300 to 450 mm lengths 20 – 30lb BS snood
2 x 1 to 2/0 hook
2 x Sequins
Length of Powergum
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link with the Imp (any other bait clip may be used) and thread on the following components in this order;
Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Cascade Swivel / Bead / Crimp
2. Then thread on the following;
Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / SRT Spring / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp 3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.
4. Tie the hook to one end of the longest snood length and thread on the sequin bait stop. 5. Tie this snood to the upper swivel and add the Powergum stop knot.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for the lower snood on the cascade swivel.

7. Tension the trace and locate the lower snood into the Imp bait clip. Using the lower adjustable crimp tension the snood up the trace body and crimp in place. Locate the lower fixed crimp and fix in place.
8. Clip the upper hook into the cascade swivel link and tension the snood using the adjustable crimp against the SRT spring and crimp in place. Fix the upper crimp in place.
9. A three hook trace can be made by extending the trace body and adding an additional cascade swivel at the mid-point.

Continental Style Scratching Rig
For scratching at close to medium distance
Because the construction of this rig involves overhand knots it is not suitable for power casting although micro-beads and superglue can be substituted.
This rig also works well from a boat for species such as bream. Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Link clip
9 x Micro beads
3 x Two-way beads
Approx 2 metre length 40-80lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon main line
Snood
3 x 600mm length 5 – 20lb BS fluorocarbon snood
3 x 6 to 1 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link to the trace body and thread on the rest of the components in this order –
If the two-way beads are oval then ensure that the main trace is threaded through the shorter sides (see diagram below);
Micro bead / Two-way bead / Mirco bead
2. Repeat step 1 for the remainder of the two-way beads.
3. Tie a perfection loop at the top of the trace.
4. Using suitable spacings along the length of the trace body tie an overhand knot below the micro beads above and below each of the three two-way beads to secure them in place.
5. Tie a hook onto the end of the snood.
Netherlands Bass Rig
The principal behind this rig is that when a hooked fish is being retrieved the weight of the fish will cause the free running tubing to act as a pulley.
The lead weight will then be draw up above the fish with a subsequent reduction in the risk of snagging. The floats will keep the baits out of the reach or crabs and impart movement to the baited hooks.
Rig Components –
Main Body
3 x 3mm Beads
1 x Swivel
1 x 3-way Swivel
100mm length of Plastic Tubing 1 Shaped Cork “Float”
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
2 x 3mm Beads
1 Shaped Cork “Float”
Length of Powergum
1 x 1 metre length 20-30lb BS snood
2 x 2/0 to 4/0 hooks (a Pennel Rig may be substituted for the single hooks)
The Rig Body
1. Using pliers fix the swivel to the mid-point of the tubing by gently squeezing the eye.
2. Tie the lead link to one end of the trace line.
3. Thread on one bead, the tubing, a bead, the float, a second bead then tie the 3-way swivel to the free end.
The Snoods
4. Tie on approximately 700mm of the snood line to the main end of the 3-way swivel.
5. Tie the remainder of the snood line to the 3-way swivel dropper and tie on one of the hooks.

5. Thread on a bead, the float, a second bead then tie the remaining hook on the end. 7. Secure the float between the beads using Powergum stop knots.

Netherlands Sole Rig
Sole and Flatfish Rig
The weight at the top of the trace helps keep all hooks tight on the bottom. Used in Netherlands and Belgium from the boat and shore.
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x 1⁄2 – 1 oz drilled bullet, egg or barrel lead
1 x Avis Boom
2 x Crimps
1 x 6 – 2 hooks
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 30-50lb BS main line
Snoods
1 x Spreader Boom
500 to 1000 mm 10 – 30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
2 x 6 – 2 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, thread on drilled lead then a crimp / Avis boom / crimp and then tie the bottom to the spreader boom. Locate the boom and crimp in place.
2. Tie a section of the snood line to the Avis boom then attach the hook together with any attractors.
3. Tie the snood to the swivels at either end of the spreader boom and then the hook to the ends together with any attractors.
Portsmouth Rig
General Purpose Distance Rig Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
1 x SRT Spring
5 x 3mm Beads
2 x Snood Swivel
1 x Cascade Swivel
3 x Crimps
1 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire or Powergum stops can be substituted
1 x Lead Link with Breakaway Imp
Approx 1 to 1.2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
3 x 300 to 450 mm lengths 20 – 30lb BS snood
2 x 1 to 2/0 hook
2 x Sequins
Length of Powergum
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link with the Imp (any other bait clip may be used) and thread on the following components in this order, fixing the crimps in place;
Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp
2. Then thread on the following;
Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / SRT Spring / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp 3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.
4. Tie the hook to one of the snood lengths and thread on the sequin bait stop. 5. Tie this snood to the upper swivel and add the Powergum stop knot.

6. Tie the second snood length to the cascade swivel and the repeat with the final snood length to the non-swivel end of the cascade swivel. Tie this end to the lower snood swivel. Add the sequin, hook and Powergum stop knot.
7. Tension the trace and locate the lower hook into the Imp bait clip. Locate the upper hook in the cascade swivel clip and stretch the upper snood to tension it using the adjustable crimp against the SRT spring and crimp in place.
8. Fix the upper crimp in place.

Pulley Rig
General Purpose Rough Ground Rig View the rig in action – here
The principal behind this rig is that when a hooked fish is being retrieved the weight of the fish will cause the free running swivel to act as a pulley.
The lead weight will then be draw up above the fish with a subsequent reduction in the risk of snagging.
Can also be utilised for uptiding from a boat. Rig Components –
Main Body
2 x 3mm Beads
3 x Swivels; one of these can be a swivel bead 1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 60-80lb BS main line Snood
1 x 800mm length 30-50lb BS snood
1 x Pennel Rig or 2/0 to 4/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Cut 2/3rds of the main body trace line and tie on the lead link. 2. Thread on one bead and one of the swivels or the swivel bead. 3. Thread on the second bead and tie a swivel to the free end.
4. Tie the remaining 1/3 rd of the trace body line to the free running swivel or swivel bead and attach the final swivel to the free end.
5. Tie the snood to the swivel at the end of the longer section of the trace body and attach either pennel rigged hooks or a single hook.
7. The rig can be converted to a rotten bottom rig by adding a Rotten Bottom clip.

Sheppey Rig
General Purpose Rig
The principal behind this rig is that of three mini-pulley rigs and provide less resistance to the biting fish.
When a fish is hooked on one snood the others will move with the fish and hopefully attract a double of treble hook-up.
Rig Components –
Main Body
3 x 3mm Beads
4 x Swivels; one of these can be a swivel bead
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
3 x 200 – 450mm length 10-20lb BS snood
3 x 6 to 2/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Cut the main body trace line into three equal lengths and tie on the lead link to one of these. 2. Thread on one swivel and one bead and tie one of the snood swivels to the spare end.
3. Tie the second length of the trace to the free running swivel and repeat step 2.
4. Repeat step 3 for the remaining 1/3 rd of the trace body line.
5. Tie the final swivel to the top of the trace.
6. Tie the snoods to the swivels and attach the hooks with any attractors.
Split Rig
For scratching at close to medium distance with high top dropper or droppers targeting gars, scad and mackerel
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Lead link clip
6 or 9 x Micro beads
2 or 3 x Two-way beads
1 x Swivel or Oval split ring for top of trace
3 x Fox oval rig rings (these are solid ring and prevent tangles)
1 x Bead
1 x Gemini Alpha Clip (large floaty bead can be substituted)
1 x Eyed pin fixed via eye onto one of the Fox rig rings, the pin can be DIY or the one from the Alpha assembly used for the clip
Approx 5 – 8 metre length 30-80lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon main line
Snood
2 or 3 x 600mm length 5 – 20lb BS fluorocarbon snood
2 or 3 x 6 to 1 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link to cut length of the trace body and thread on the following components in this order –
If the two-way beads are oval then ensure that the main trace is threaded through the shorter sides (see diagram Continental Style Scratching Rig);
Micro bead / Two-way bead / Micro bead
A second dropper can be added to this length.
2. Tie the first of the rig rings to this first trace section. To the top of this link tie the expanding section of the trace, this length is limited only by the length of drop from the rod and the length of the trace sections carrying the snoods. The design of the rig means that the working length of this section is three times the clipped up length, a 6 metre section will have a 2 metre drop when clipped up.

3. Thread the second oval rig ring onto this section of the trace followed by the bead. Thread the line back through the tied oval link and then tie the final rig ring, with the attached eyed pin, to the end of the trace.
4. Tie the final length of trace line to the oval rig ring with pin and thread on the Gemini Apha Clip or floaty bead. Tie a stop knot approx 75mm above clip.
5. Thread on the following components in this order –
Micro bead / Two-way bead / Micro bead
A second dropper can be added to this length.
6. Attached the larger split ring or swivel to the top of the trace. Repeat step 1 for the remainder of the two-way beads.
7. Using suitable spacings along the length of the trace body tie a stop knot below the micro beads above and below each of the two-way beads to secure them in place.
8. Tie a hook onto the end of the snoods. And thread on sequins and tie stop knots. As this rig is used to target pelagic species such as garfish and mackerel a floaty bead should be attached to the top snood or if gars are the main target a piece of squashable foam can be used threaded onto the snood as the bead can get trapped in the beak.
9. Thread the snood through the two-way bead and then place a micro bead behind the larger bead and secure the snood with an overhand knot. If using fine line for the snood you may have to use two or more overhand knots to ensure that the snood does not pull through when under pressure.
Assembling the Rig
Once the snoods have been baited up secure the bottom of the trace or lead and keep the trace tight, pull the free running oval split ring upwards ensuring that the three lengths of line do not tangle.
Loop the free split ring over the pin, point the pin upwards and locate the Alpha clip over the pin, pushing down firmly.
The trace is then ready to cast and on impact with the water the clip will be pushed upwards releasing the pin and allowing the mid-section of the trace to expand to its full length.
Three Boom Paternoster
General Rig
Particularly effective at slack water
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
3 x Wire or Avis Booms
6 x Crimps
6 x Beads (if using wire booms)
Approx 1500 to 2000 mm length 30-50lb BS main line
Snoods
150 to 300 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
3 x 6 – 2/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Attach the swivel to the top of the trace.
2. Thread on a crimp / bead / boom / bead / crimp The beads can be omitted if using Avis booms.
3. Repeat for the other two booms.
4. Attach the lead link to the bottom of the trace. Then locate the booms with suitable spacing and crimp in place.
3. Tie sections of the snood line to the booms then attach the hooks together with any attractors. Beads for smaller fish and general fishing, blades etc for cod.
Wessex Rig
One Up One Down Short to Medium Distance Rig Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
3 x 3mm Beads
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x Trace Swivel
1x Link Swivel or Trace Swivel with Lead Link
1 x Crimps
1 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire or Powergum stops can be substituted Approx 1 to 1.2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
2 x 300 to 450 mm length 20 – 30lb BS snood
2 x 1 to 2/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the trace swivel and thread on a bead followed by the link swivel to carry the lead. 2. Thread on the following components in this order;
Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp
3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.
4. Tie the hook to one end of the top snood length then tie the second snood length to the trace swivel and attach the hook.
Wishbone Rig
For flatfish and whiting etc at range Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Oval Split Ring
3 x 3mm Beads
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x Small Swivel or Swivel Bead (the swivel bead can prevent wear and tear on the snood)
1 x Crimp
1 x Beakaway Adjustable Crimp (allows the snood to be re-tensioned should the hook need to be replaced)
1 x Impact Shield; this can be replaced by your favourite bait clip or lead incorporating a clip. 1 x Lead Link
Approx 1 metre length 60-80lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 500mm length 20-30lb BS snood
1 x 500mm length 15-20lb BS hook snood
2 x Sequins for bait stops
Beads and / or sequins for attractors
1 length of Powergum
2 x 1 to 2 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the lead link and thread on the rest of the components in this order;
Impact Shield / Bead / Crimp / Adjustable Crimp / Bead / Snood Swivel / Bead
2. Tie on the oval split ring, ensuring the line is approx 800mm long.
3. Fix the crimp above the bead and impact shield allowing for movement of the shield.
4. Tie the heavier snood line to the swivel on the trace body then tie the other smaller swivel or swivel bead to the other end.

5. Tie the one of the hooks to the snood length, thread on a sequin and tie a Powergum stop knot above.
6. Thread the snood through the small swivel or swivel bead.
7. Thread a sequin onto the spare end, tie the second hook on and tie a Powergum stop knot above the sequin. The stopped sequins above the hooks will prevent the baits being blown up the snood when casting.
8. If you wish to use sequins and / or beads as attractors thread those on the line before and after step 6.
9. Locate the hooks in the impact shield or bait clip holding the sinker down firmly and tension the trace body from the oval split ring, position the adjustable crimp against the bead at the swivel up the main line until the snood line is tight and fix the crimp in place. The adjustable crimp can be fixed using pliers but it’s recommended that the Breakaway crimping tool be used.
10. The adjustable crimp can be replaced by another type of adjustable stop such a telephone wire crimp or Powergum stop knot.
11. The wishbone swivel can be trapped between two stopped beads to retain the hook snood lengths or can be trapped between stopped silicon tubing to spread the baits on release.
12. By lengthening the drop between the two snood swivels a Dvice can be used with this rig and the impact shield or other bait clip assembly eliminated.
Sliding Float
Suitable for bass, pollack, wrasse, coalfish, garfish and mackerel Rig Components –
Main Body
2 x 3mm Beads
2 x Small Swivels
Drilled bullet or barrel lead
1 x Float; size depends upon the weight being supported including the bait
1 x 10 – 20lb BS leader material, length depends on depth to be fished
1 length of Powergum
Snood
1 x 600 to 900mm length 10 – 20lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon snood
1 x 1 to 4/0 hook; size of hook will depend upon target species and bait size
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the leader onto the reel line using double uni knot or spider hitch to albright knot if using braid for main line.
2. Thread the following components onto the leader – Bead / Float / Bead then tie on a swivel. 3. Tie a length of heavier nylon, 150mm to the swivel.
4. Thread the barrel or bullet lead(s) onto this nylon them tie on the second swivel.
5. Tie the hook to the snood, then tie the other end of the snood to the swivel.
6. Approximately 600mm above the weight tie a Powergum stop knot on the snood side of the lower bead.
7. Above the top bead tie a Powergum Stop Knot at a distance which allows the bait to fish at the appropriate depth. Remember to allow for the fact that the hook will be fishing below the weight.
8. If livebaiting for bass etc you may wish to substitute a treble hook for the single.
By changing the hook set up this float rig can be successfully used for bream or plaice from the boat or shore.

Gilling Rig
Slow Retrieve Rig
Can also be used with natural baits such as ragworm, sandeel or mackerel strip Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Boom; French boom or tubing boom
Approx 1 metre length 40-50lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 2 to 6 metre length 10 – 30lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x 1/0 to 5/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and either tie onto the top of the French boom or thread on the tubing boom; if using the tubing boom a bead and link should be attached at this point to the line at the longer end of the boom.
2. Cut the snood length in two at the mid-point and join together with the snood swivel. A two down rig can be produced by replacing this swivel with a three way swivel.
3. Tie the snood to the long end of the boom.
4. Tie the hook to the other end of the snood and thread on the worm, or attach redgill or shad.

5. Attach a rotten bottom length to the bottom of the French boom or the tubing boom link to carry the lead.

Jigging Rig
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Lead Link
Approx 1.5 metre length 50-80lb BS main line Snood
3 x 2/0 – 5/0 hooks for plastic worms or redgills if preferred. The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and form a cut blood loop approx 200mm long; a water knot or a three way swivel can be used to carry the snood dropper.
2. Repeat for the other two droppers.
2. Tie the hooks or redgills to the end of the cut snoods. 4. Tie the lead link to the bottom of the trace length.
5. Although a lead can be used it’s preferable to use a pirk as this gives a better action to the lures and leads to more takes on the drop.
Pirk Casting
Pirking Rig
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
Approx 1 metre length 40-50lb BS main line
Snood
1 x 2/0 – 5/0 hook
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and form a cut blood loop approx 200mm long; a water knot or a three way swivel can be used to carry the snood dropper.
2. Tie the hook to the end of the cut snood.
4. Tie the pirk to the bottom of the trace length.
5. For casting rigs a redgill, gummi mac or plastic worm is normally used on the dropper but a “killer” rig for heavier vertical pirking can be formed by using a muppet. Additional droppers can also be added.
Shad Hopping Rig Rig Components – Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Tubing Boom
1 x Link
1 x Bead
Approx 500 mm length 40-50lb BS main line Snood
1 x 900 to 1800 mm length 20 – 30lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon 1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Shad or Leadhead
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and thread on the tubing boom, add a bead and link to the line at the longer end of the boom. A French boom can be substituted.
2. Tie the second swivel to one end of the snood and the shad or leadhead to the other. 3. Clip the snood to the link.
5. Attach a rotten bottom length to the boom link to carry the lead.
Irish Conger Rig
This simple rig, which is shamelessly pinched from our Irish trips, works wherever conger are found. Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Heavy Duty Swivel
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 100lb BS main line (for handling the fish at the side of the boat)
Snoods
1 x Chrome Bar Pirk
2 x Split Rings
1 x Heavy Duty Swivel
1 x Heavy Duty Link Swivel
1 x 6/0 to 8/0 Hook
The Pirk
1. Attach the split rings to either end of the pirk.
2. Attach the swivel to the top of the pirk and the link swivel to the other end. 3. Attach the hook to the link swivel.
The Rig Body
1. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace line.
2. Tie the other end of the trace line to the swivel at the top of the pirk.
One up One Down
General Purpose Rig Rig Components – Tubing Boom
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Bead
1 x Link
Approx 500 mm 30-50lb BS line
This can be replaced by a French boom.
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Avis Boom
2 x Crimps
1 x 6 – 5/0 hooks
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 30-50lb BS main line
Snoods
500 to 1000 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
2 x 6 – 5/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Thread the line through the tubing boom and attach the swivel to the top. Thread on the bead and tie on the link to the other end.
2. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, thread on a crimp / Avis boom / crimp and then tie the bottom to the swivel above the boom. Locate the boom and crimp in place.
3. Tie a section of the snood line to the Avis boom then attach the hook together with any attractors. Beads for smaller fish and general fishing, muppets etc for cod.
4. Tie the snood to the final swivel and then the hook to the end together with any attractors. The drawing below shows a spinner blade for general fishing but any attractor can be used.
5. Attach the trace swivel to the link at the bottom of the boom. Flutter spoon for cod and ling

Tutorial on how to make flutter spoons here. Rauto type spoon for plaice
A two up rig can be produced by adding an additional Avis boom above the boom and for a two down rig add a dropper formed by a cut blood loop. Vary the line strengths and types according to the target species for instance heavy duty snoods will be required for spurdogs.

Northern Isles Ling Rig
Heavy Duty Ling and Cod Rig
This rig has been successfully used in Ireland for conger. Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Heavy Duty Swivel
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 50-80lb BS main line Snoods
1 x Spreader Boom
2 x Ling Flutter Spoons Fitted with 3/0 – 8/0 hooks
2 x Mustad Oval Split Rings
The Rig Body
1. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, and then tie to the top of the spreader boom. If using commercial spreaders the swivels should be upgraded to stronger versions. Home-made spreaders can be used to produce more substantial versions.
2. Clip on the flutter spoons using the oval split rings. Suitable alternatives for the commercial flutter spoons can be made from sheet metal or stainless Band-It strip or wall ties.
Tutorial on how to make flutter spoons here.

Portland Rig
Bass and General Purpose Rig
Excellent for drifting with live sandeel or mackerel
Rig Components –
Main Body
3 x Trace Swivels
2 x Beads
Approx 300 to 500 mm length 30-50lb BS clear main line
Line for rotten bottom
Snood
900 to 2700 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
1 x 2/0 – 5/0 hook; a treble can be substituted for live mackerel
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the bottom of the trace length and thread on a bead / swivel / bead 2. Tie the final swivel to the top of the trace.
3. Tie the snood to the running swivel and then the hook to the end.
4. Tie on the rotten bottom.
5. This rig is also effective when used with shads, redgills or plastic worms.
Spreader Boom
General Purpose Rig Rig Components – Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Avis Boom
2 x Crimps
1 x 6 – 3/0 hooks
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 30-50lb BS main line
Snoods
1 x Spreader Boom
500 to 1000 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
2 x 6 – 3/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, thread on a crimp / Avis boom / crimp and then tie the bottom to the spreader boom. Locate the boom and crimp in place.
2. Tie a section of the snood line to the Avis boom then attach the hook together with any attractors. Beads for smaller fish and general fishing, muppets etc for cod.
3. Tie the snood to the swivels at either end of the spreader boom and then the hook to the ends together with any attractors. The drawing below shows a spinner blade for general fishing but any attractors can be used.
Three Down Rig
Rig Components –
Main Body
Rig Components –
Tubing Boom
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Bead
1 x Link
Approx 500 mm 30-50lb BS line
This can be replaced by a French boom. Main Body
2 x Trace Swivel
2 x Snood Swivels
4 x Beads
4 x Crimps
1 x 6 – 2/0 hooks
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 30lb BS trace line
Snoods
500 to 1000 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
2 x 6 – 5/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Thread the line through the tubing boom and attach the swivel to the top. Thread on the bead and tie on the link to the other end.
2. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, thread on a crimp / bead / swivel / bead / crimp
3. Repeat for the second dropper then tie the second swivel to the spare end of the trace. Locate the dropper swivels with suitable spacing and crimp in place.
4. Tie sections of the snood line to the dropper and end swivels then attach the hooks together with any attractors. Beads and blades for smaller fish and general fishing, muppets etc for cod.
5. Attach the trace swivel to the link at the bottom of the boom.
Three Down Wishbone Rig
Rig Components – Rig Components – Tubing Boom
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Bead
1 x Link
Approx 500 mm 30-50lb BS line
This can be replaced by a French boom.
Main Body
2 x Trace Swivel
1 x Snood Swivels
4 x Beads
4 x Crimps
1 x 6 – 2/0 hooks
Approx 500 to 1500 mm length 30lb BS trace line
Snoods
500 to 1000 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon
2 x 6 – 5/0 hooks
The Rig Body
1. Thread the line through the tubing boom and attach the swivel to the top. Thread on the bead and tie on the link to the other end.
2. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace, thread on a crimp / bead / swivel / bead / crimp
3. Tie the second swivel to the spare end of the trace. Locate the dropper swivel with suitable spacing and crimp in place.
4. Attach a hook together with any attractors to a section of the snood line followed by a crimp and bead. Thread this line through the end swivel and follow with a bead and crimp before attaching the second hook with attractors. The crimps can be replaced by stop knots or silicon tubing stops if using fine nylon for snoods.
5. Locate the swivel on the snood with suitable spacing and crimp or fix in place with stop knots.

4. Tie section of the snood line to the dropper then attach the hook together with any attractors. 5. Attach the trace swivel to the link at the bottom of the boom.

Tope Rig
Rig Components –
Tubing Boom
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Bead
1 x Link
Approx 500 mm 60-80lb BS line Main Body
Approx 2 metre length 60-80lb BS shock leader
Snood
2 x Heavy duty swivel
1 x 300 mm of 80 – 150lb multi-strand wire. This can be omitted if using 250lb nylon.
2 x crimps
1 x 1.2 to 3 metre length 150 – 250lb BS mono snood. Skippers prefer the heavier nylon as it is easier to handle the fish at the side of the boat.
1 x 6/0 to 8/0 hook, either barbless or with bar flattened with pliers
The Rig Body
1. Thread the line through the tubing boom and attach the swivel to the top. Thread on the bead and tie on the link to the other end. A zip slider can replace the tubing boom.
2. Crimp the hook to one end of the wire and a swivel to the other. 3. Tie the snood to the second swivel and to the swivel to the wire. 4. Attach the trace swivel to the link below the boom.
Turbot and Brill Rig
Rig Components –
Main Body
1 x Trace Swivel
1 x Boom; French boom or tubing boom
Approx 0.5 metre length 40-50lb BS main line
Link
Bead
Snood
1 x 2 to 6 metre length 15 – 40lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon
1 x Snood Swivel
1 x 2/0 to 6/0 hook or pennel rigged hooks
The Rig Body
1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length thread on the tubing boom; thread on bead and tie to link. A French boom can be substituted.
2. Cut the snood length in two at the mid-point and join together with the snood swivel. 3. Tie the snood to the long end of the boom.
4. Tie the hook to the other end of the snood.

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